ABOUT THE VISIT

One of the most important things we explain to guests on our land is that they are visiting an active project site, not an elephant tourist camp. We do not bring elephants to our land to entertain tourists. They are here only as a stepping stone toward their eventual reintroduction to their natural habitat. Our primary focus is forest restoration, which is inextricably linked with our modest elephant conservation goals.

This framework distinguishes our unique experience from others available elsewhere: The elephants are not here for you. You are here for the elephants.  

For most of our visitors, this is more than satisfactory. In fact, it is the main reason they choose us above other tours that feature elephant interaction. There are no chains. There is no riding. There is no bathing with tourists. There is no performance of any kind. All interactions are organic and natural. The elephants’ safety and happiness are our priorities, and this ethos provides the foundation for the rest of the eco-tour.  For us, the most important part of allowing visitors to our project site is community outreach and education. We hope that by the end of the day, you will know more about sustainable tourism, forest restoration, and wildlife conservation. And by planting a tree, you have the opportunity to give back to the ecosystem you have enjoyed during your time here in Thailand.

Our tours run between 13:30 and 17:00 daily, which is the maximum daily exposure time for our elephants. While each day varies depending on the interests of the group, the basic outline of the tour looks something like this:

We begin by picking up visitors from the Rim Pai Market in Pai town at 13:00. Transportation is included at no additional cost. Alternatively, you can follow the truck with your motorbike or meet us at the land (17km south of Pai) around 13:30.

When you arrive at the project site, we will provide refreshments and spend a few minutes explaining our foundation, including what we do and why we do it. This includes a brief history on forest degradation and restoration in Thailand as well as the current status quo regarding elephant conservation and tourism. Education is perhaps the key component of our experience, and this introduction is meant to foster questions and discussion for the rest of the tour.

Next we will take you to our tortoise enclosure and explain our work with endangered reptiles.

Afterwards, we will spend some time explaining our rules for interaction with Mae Kamee – our 33-year-old female currently onsite –  to ensure a safe and stress-free experience for her and for all of us.  Kamee has 80,000 square meters of land to explore at her leisure, but she usually shows up for snack time when we feed her bananas.

Because the elephants’ mood dictates the course of the day, we leave room open for variability and provide a range of entertainment for our guests. We are there to answer any questions you may have regarding elephant conservation or tourism. We will explain the historical context that brought you to interact with these animals, and what the future looks like for elephants and the forests they call home. On the other hand, there’s also a river waiting for you to jump in if the season and weather allow for it, so it’s worth bringing your bathing suit, just in case. For refreshment, you’ll have the chance to enjoy our famous Passionfruit Gin & Tonics or locally sourced food.   

Toward the end of the day, we gather everyone and head over to our on-site demonstration forest. Here we explain our methodology and ask everyone first to add a seed to our nursery and then to plant a seedling in our demonstration forest. This is the most important part of the day – it provides a way for tourists to give back to the environment and simultaneously enrich our demonstration forest.

After the tree planting, we will answer any final questions (or enjoy our last drink!) and drive everyone back to the Rim Pai Market in Pai around 17:00.

PRICE

We ask for a minimum 1000 baht/person charitable donation that goes directly into supporting the Conserve Natural Forests Ecological Project Site. Please note that the minimum donation fee is non-negotiable.

MEETING POINT & TRANSPORTATION

Travellers will meet at our pick up point at the Rim Pai Market at 13:00, and head towards our project site (17kms from Pai town). Transportation will be provided at no additional cost. Alternatively, you can follow our truck on your motorbike or directly reach the land at 13:30. The truck heads back to town around 17:00.

RSVP

To RSVP, please book online at least 24 hours prior to your visit. For same day bookings, please book online and send us a message on Facebook or email us at info@conservenaturalforests.org to confirm.

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Want to contribute to our cause?

Conserve Natural Forests was built and continues to grow thanks to the generosity of like-minded people who support our work. We would not be where we are today without their help. If you would like to know more about how you can contribute toward restoring Thailand’s beautiful ecosystems and saving endangered species, please consider donating to one of our projects.

Want to contribute to our cause?

Conserve Natural Forests was built and continues to grow thanks to the generosity of like-minded people who support our work. We would not be where we are today without their help. If you would like to know more about how you can contribute toward restoring Thailand’s beautiful ecosystems and saving endangered species, please consider donating to one of our projects.

Want to find out more? Send us a message!

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